Photo experiment – day 31 of 31

This month has been fun trying new things. I’m glad to be done, and glad I actually managed to stick to something for 31 days in a row. It’s been a useful way to become less hesitant about experimenting – with the daily task of trying a new technique, I haven’t worried about waiting to find the time to do anything to a more perfect state, just a good initial attempt at each technique. Some of the experiments I probably won’t try again, but some I definitely will – I want to make a better shot of a splash, and I will probably use the photo+texture often, and I am fascinated by light-painting.
Here is making a 3D look out of a couple of my photos – the acrobat is from one photo, and the sides of the box are 5 copies of one photo. The result is not yet really good but I can see how I might be able to do something like this better in the future:

Photo experiment – day 26 of 31

Today’s experiment is turning a photo into the look of a pencil sketch.

 

The sketch was created with the Tiffen Dfx plugin for Photoshop.  I tried a couple of other things first – the Photoshop sketch and other artistic filters, and Topaz Simplify, but none of them gave the look I wanted.  I ended up creating two layers with different treatments in Tiffen Dfx, one that looked good for the face and hands, and one that worked for everything else, then masking to get the results in the right areas.  I also masked out the background details.